29 July 2011

Welcoming Jamin

Directly after our last update my sending church pastor, David Doran, arrived for a block class on expository preaching. He seemed glad to be here, and we were so glad to have him. There were over 150 men who came ready to work hard on their own skills at interpreting and explaining the Word of God. I grabbed a number of opportunities to get to know our guests and understand their struggles and joys in ministry. Many expressed interest in returning for future classes, both in the block-class form and in the regular semester-length setup.

Those regular classes began last Thursday. I have an exciting line-up with OT Wisdom and Poetic books, Research and Writing, and, most exciting for me, Introduction to Hebrew! I prize the opportunity to help these men develop critical thinking skills and to equip them with tools for understanding the Word. Sarah Sherman will be teaching one of three days a week for Research and Writing. Her help during this busy time has been invaluable. I have also been sitting in on Kevin Sherman's Greek Exegesis of James class. The class is small, so I am looking forward to good discussion over this very practical letter. Pray for us as we work through a pretty busy schedule, especially with certain recent additions to our responsibilities.

One of those additions is that we will soon be starting a book study of Galatians with the CBU students. The Bible fellowship on campus at the local university will be inviting some of their friends to hear the gospel as we work through this eminent epistle. Pray that God would grant fruit for his glory.

Of course, the major addition to our schedule is Jamin Luther Pittsley! God granted Jenny strength through labor and a safe delivery at 8:40pm, on Tuesday, 19 July. Jamin was 9lbs 12oz and 20.5in. Praise the Lord for this answer to prayer and for such a precious gift and addition to our family!

As always, thank you for your faithful prayers!

09 July 2011

Everything Beautiful in Its Time

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…. He has made everything beautiful in its time" (Eccl 3:1, 11).

Over the last three weeks, I have attended a funeral and a wedding. I have seen weeping, and I have seen dancing for joy. I have lost a new friend (until we meet again at our Savior's side), and I have been reunited with two old friends.

The week after the break between semesters tragedy struck the CABC campus: one of our students suddenly passed away. At least, the passing of Banza Fanfan Ilunga would have to be viewed as a tragedy from a human perspective. But from a biblical perspective, we were able to take heart, knowing that our friend finished well the course God had set for him and fought the good fight until the end. He like the apostle Paul has been presented with "the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award…all who have longed for his appearing" (2 Tim 4:8).

This afternoon, God granted us a great joy in his providence. We were able to witness the wedding of a couple at Faith Baptist Riverside, where we attend church. The emphasis in the service on building the foundation of the family on Christ and the gospel was clear and helpful. It was a delight to share in their celebration.
Reception at Wedding
Kevin and Sarah Sherman arrived earlier this week and seem to be settling nicely. It's neat to have coworkers from our home church sharing in our labors to train the next generation of pastors here in Zambia for all of Africa. Kevin will be teaching two New Testament classes and a theology class.

Thank you for continuing to pray for the baby and Jenny. Both appear to be doing fine as we continue forward into the last week or two before the baby is due. Last week we checked out the hospital where we will be going if there are any complications at our clinic. We pray that we won't need it, but we are glad for the reassurance that God has provided through it.

Thank you also for praying for me about my surgery recovery. I have been excited to see how quickly I have continued to recover. At this point I can't see why I wouldn't say that I am now at 100%.

Please continue to keep the Kenya team in prayer. Curriculum choices have been taking up a substantial portion of the time we spend in email and Skype discussions. We have some very exciting plans and ideas that we are researching and developing. Please pray for wisdom in making choices that will shape the way we train men to carry on the deposit of truth that has been entrusted to us. We look forward to working ourselves out of a job as we equip Kenyans to train Kenyans to cherish, defend, and expound the truth and glory of the Lord Jesus among the nations.

We are so thankful for your prayers!